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In Veneto

July 18

The making of the Filigrana Light.

In the 16th century, the filigrana technique was closely guarded by the artisans of Murano. The Venetians used glass as a form of currency, and the highly skilled process behind the spiralling filigree stripes gave it even higher value. Today, the old wood-burning furnaces have been replaced with gas equivalents and production is no longer limited to Murano, but many of the same traditions – and some of the same air of secrecy – still exist. Here, photographer Matteo Cuzzola reveals a rare moment behind the scenes at the glass workshop in Treviso that creates the Filigrana Light for Established & Sons.